Gun Owners Increasingly Cite Crime as Reason for Ownership

Gun Owners Increasingly Cite Crime as Reason for Ownership

88% of U.S. gun owners, up from 67% in 2005, own for crime protection Owning guns for sporting purposes has been steady over time 31% of U.S. adults, 44% of households own guns WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sharply more U.S. gun owners today than in the 2000s say they own a gun for protection against crime. Eighty-eight percent of gun owners cite crime protection as a reason they own a gun, compared with two-thirds giving this reason in 2000 and 2005 surveys. Meanwhile, similar proportions of gun owners now versus in the past have a gun for hunting or target shooting. Line graph. Reasons gun owners give for owning a gun. In 2021, 88% of U.S. gun owners say they own a gun for protection against crime, up sharply from 67% in 2005 and 65% in 2000. Seventy percent own a gun for target shooting, similar to the 66% of gun owners in 2005 and the 67% in 2000 who said this. Fifty-six percent say they own a gun for hunting, compared with 58% in 2005 and 59% in 2000. The latest results are based on Gallup’s annual Crime survey, conducted Oct. 1-19. Gallup last asked gun owners why they owned guns, using this question format, in 2005. At that time, roughly as many gun owners said they owned a gun for target shooting (66%) as for crime protection (67%), with fewer having guns for hunting (58%). But crime protection has now emerged as the dominant reason. Polling was done […]

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